Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as military and hospital chaplain, pastor, church staff member in pastoral care and counseling, or related areas wherein a license in counseling is not required. Some pastors who desire a specialization in pastoral care would also pursue this degree.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Divinity Core (69 hours)

Biblical Studies (24 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Hebrew 1

3

Hebrew 2

3

Greek 1

3

Greek 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (21 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics

3

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion

3

Applied Ministry Studies (24 hours) *

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Christian Missions (M)

3

Proclaiming the Bible (M)
OR
Teaching the Bible** (M)

3

Preaching Practicum (M)
OR
Teaching Practicum** (M)

3

Counseling in Ministry 

3

Pastoral Ministry (M)
OR
Women in Ministry Leadership  (M)

3

Evangelism (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Pastoral Care Specialization (12 hours)

course

hours

Specialization Courses (6 hours)

Theological and Practical Issues in Chaplaincy 

3

Advanced Chaplaincy 

3

Choose 6 hours from the following courses:

Advanced Pastoral Counseling

3

A Practical Integration of Psychology, Theology, and
Spirituality in the Counseling Setting 

3

Stress and Conflict Management

3

CPE***

3

Free Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

(These electives may be taken in Pastoral Care, Chaplaincy, or any other discipline.)

6

Total Required: 87 hours

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as in other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.

***Students may receive credit for completing the introductory unit of training designated Basic CPE from another institution.